Centre had alerted Bihar govt about threat to Modi rally: BJP

Patna Serial blastsBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (above right) meets bomb blast victims in Patna Medical College hospital on Sunday. (PTI)

Claiming that a specific alert was issued to Bihar government about Narendra Modi's rally in Patna, BJP on Monday accused the Nitish Kumar government of lapses that led to serial blasts and charged it was soft on terror due to vote-bank politics.

The opposition party accused the state government of adopting a "casual and callous" attitude and demanded a high-level probe and a review of security of its Prime Ministerial candidate.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said at a press conference here that government needs to rethink on the security drill to be carried out for political rallies ahead of next general elections and redefine its policy.

"This is an attack of Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders. It was intended to intimidate our party which has vowed with greater determination to fight these tendencies. The Ministry of Home Affairs and government of India should seriously review the security of Narendra Modi," he said.

Jaitley, who was present at the Patna rally, attacked the Nitish government, saying "the attitude of Bihar government was casual and callous...In this environment, are we going to be soft on security because some state governments want to be seen as soft on terror for obvious reasons?"

Charging the state with "monumental failure," he said "this attack coming in this backdrop clearly establishes the extent of radicalisation which took place in the state."

Refuting claims of Bihar government that there were no alerts issued by the Centre about the rally, he said "this does not appear to be factually correct... A specific alert was sent to the Bihar police by the central Intelligence Bureau on October 23, 2013 with regard to the rally to be addressed by Shri Narendra Modi in Patna."

"This alert was specific enough to mention that the IM modules could organize strikes during Narendra Modi's Patna visit. A reference to the arrest of Bhatkal, an information emanating from another source was also mentioned."

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